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Members of republican group Saoradh released unconditionally

Three men and a woman arrested in connection with an under-car bomb in Derry in 2015 have been released unconditionally

THREE men and a woman arrested in connection with a dissident republican bomb plot in Derry two years ago have been released without charge.

The arrests were made in Belfast, Derry and Co Tyrone on Thursday and they were taken to Musgrave Street station in Belfast for questioning.

Republican group Saoradh, which held a protest outside the station, said those detained were its chairperson Davy Jordan from Pomeroy, national organiser Joe Barr, and Belfast activists Gráinne McCreesh and Alan Lundy, whose father was shot dead by loyalists in 1993.

They were released unconditionally on Thursday night.

The arrests followed a renewed appeal by police in September when they revealed that a 'pressure plate' device was used in the bomb left under the car of a police officer couple in Eglinton in 2015.

The group calling itself the 'IRA' claimed responsibility for the bomb, which failed to explode.

Meanwhile, DUP MP Gregory Campbell and MLA Gary Middleton met police yesterday to call for more action to combat dissident republicans in the north west.

Mr Campbell said: “In an area of just a few square miles on the outskirts of Londonderry there have been a series of separate attacks, threats, and explosive finds which are the result of terrorist activity.

"This is a small rural area where a terrorist cell is operating, they have increased their efforts significantly and have engaged in a sustained campaign."

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